Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Deibys Fonseca

    Today in our final day of expeditions in Costa Rica we headed for Casa Orquideas. This Botanical garden located next to Piedras Blancas National Park is a hotbed of wildlife and beautiful plants. The unique layout of the garden and immense variety of tropical plants gave our guests an unforgettable experience.

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  • Osa peninsula and Corcovado National Park

    We have started our unique Costa Rica and Panama expeditions by visiting Osa Peninsula and the world-famous Corcovado National Park. This morning after a delicious breakfast onboard National Geographic Quest we embarked our Zodiacs and headed to our morning destination of Punta Caletas. In this location, we hiked trails filled with lush rainforest vegetation and saw several bird species, heard howler monkeys in the distance with their loud vocalizations. Also enjoyed the endless work of leaf-cutter ants carrying pieces of leaves into their colonies.

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  • Las Calentas Rain Forest

    We spent the last day of our expedition doing what we like best, exploring!

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  • Playa Blanca Beach

    Today National Geographic Quest was anchoring in front of Playa Blanca beach located in the heart of Golf Dulce. Shortly after the exploration began with inland bus trips to visit the various local eco-entrepreneurial projects whose establishment along Corcovado National Park border have been key to the park’s conservation.

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  • Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica

    Today was our first day into Costa Rica, and it was a terrific day. We explore the Golfo Dulce our sweet water gulf.

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  • Isla Coiba National Park

    As the sun rose out of the Pacific, National Geographic Quest was slowly passing some idyllic white-sand islands that are among the many satellite islands of Isla Coiba. Isla Coiba is the largest of Panama and measures 25 miles long by 5 wide. At one point there was an active penal colony which from images does not appear to have been a very comfortable place to be sent. Due to the isolation of Coiba, there are a few endemic species, and being that it is a National park, the island is well protected and known for its wildlife both above and below water.

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  • Bona and Iguana Island

    Our morning began with a successful Zodiac cruise around Bona Island. This island is a protected area and one of the most consequential nesting sites for seabirds in this area. Magnificent frigatebirds, boobies and pelicans compete to survive in the island. The rocky formation with an incredible diversity of plants is so attractive to explore. During the dry season, several trees blooms making the contrast of color unique.

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  • Barro Colorado Islands and the Panama Canal

    In our first full day of expeditions, we have the unique opportunity to visit Barro Colorado Island and the Panama Canal. This island is under the administration of the Smithsonian Research Institute and probably is one the most researched pieces of tropical rainforest in the world. We started our day with several choices of walks on this island, that gave us the best chances to see wildlife. We saw several monkeys such as white face capuchin monkeys, mantled howler monkeys and geoffroys tamarins. We also enjoyed the beautiful hummingbirds such as white necked jacobins.

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  • Barra del Colorado Island and Transit to Gatun Locks

    The sun was racing over the mountains of Panama as National Geographic Quest dropped anchor off Barro Colorado Island in the Gatun Lake. Soon after, the first group of guests began their exploration of the area.

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  • Otoque & Bona Islands and Panama Canal

    After navigating for around 198 nautical miles, National Geographic Quest found itself right in the very large Bay of Panama. This large body of water sees strong northeastern trade winds which blow the upper surface water away leading the cold reach-nutrient water from the bottom to surface and increase the productivity of plankton. This brings an abundance of fish to the area, and by extension a great number of seabirds.

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